3 June 2022

Australians don’t want more population growth: Survey

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) recently teamed up with online news site YourLifeChoices.  We invited the YourLifeChoices readership to participate in a survey regarding their attitudes toward population growth in Australia.

Nearly 500 people responded and the results were overwhelmingly in support of a better, not bigger Australia.

For example:

  • 76% of respondents believe Australia does NOT need more people
  • 78% believe Australia’s population should not exceed 30 million people over the next 40 years (and 45% believe it should remain at or below the current level of 26 million).
  • Only 15% agreed that: “We should return to net migration of around 240,000 a year or higher”.  All the rest supported immigration at considerably lower levels (some much lower).

While the YourLifeChoices readership is predominantly an older demographic, and it was not a random sample of respondents, the results from this survey are very similar to the findings from larger surveys conducted by The Australian Population Research Institute (TAPRI) and by the Australian National University Centre for Social Research and Methods.  Our YourLifeChoices survey used identical questions to those used in these larger surveys.

Taken together, the findings from these multiple surveys refute claims from politicians, media and big business that those who oppose high population growth are on the fringes.  Far from it, we are in the majority!

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The above results from the survey demonstrates that a clear majority of respondents do NOT want a big Australia.











Very few respondents agree with calls from big business and from our major political parties in returning to pre-COVID migration levels.

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